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Clockwise from top: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Adult Jazz, Lana Del Rey

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On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

Bob Boilen opts for something a bit more subdued with Sean Rowe's "Madman," the title track from the singer's new album, out Sept. 9 on ANTI-. The accompanying video, which premiered on All Songs TV, follows the folk singer on a recent tour as he brings his beautiful baritone to strangers' homes across the country.

Also on the show: We premiere a startling new cut from the Leeds-based band Adult Jazz. The song "Hum," from the band's upcoming album Gist Is, is a strange, epic journey through off-kilter soundscapes. Bob shares Lana Del Rey's "Shades Of Cool," a song full of unexpected twist and turns, from the singer's new album Ultraviolence. We get all mushy inside with the beautiful and sentimental "Dark Side Of The Moon" from Chris Staples. "Sing 2 Me" by Walter Martin is a G-rated song the former bassist for The Walkmen recorded with Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Finally we close the show out with "Birthday Song," a quirky cut from Frankie Cosmos. Clocking in at just 68 seconds, it's the perfect summation of the show: sweet, profound and a bit perplexing, too.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  • Album: Hypnotic Eye
  • Song: American Dream Plan B

This classic guitar-rock cut is the opening track from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' thirteenth studio album, due out July 29 on Reprise Records.


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  • "American Dream Plan B"
  • Album: Hypnotic Eye
  • Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
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Sean Rowe

  • Album: Madman
  • Song: Madman

Sean Rowe is as much a traveler as he is a folk singer. The title track from his new album takes a look at his life on the road.

More on this album from the artist's web site.

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Adult Jazz

  • Album: Gist Is...
  • Song: Hum

This hypnotic song from the Leeds-based group appears on their upcoming debut LP, out Aug. 4 on their own Spare Thought Records. More on this album from Adult Jazz's Tumblr page, and their cheeky Twitter account.

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Lana Del Rey

  • Album: Ultraviolence
  • Song: Shades Of Cool

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced Lana del Rey's new album Ultraviolence. You can hear his influence on the gritty, hair-raising "Shades of Cool."


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  • "Shades Of Cool"
  • Album: Ultraviolence
  • Artist: Lana Del Rey
  • Label: Interscope
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Chris Staples

  • Album: American Soft
  • Song: Dark Side Of The Moon

The restless songwriter and guitarist Chris Staples, who's played in the band Telekenesis, says that "Dark Side of the Moon" is "really a song about people who obsess about hidden messages or meanings." But All Songs hosts Bob and Robin think it's a perfect ode to fatherhood.

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Walter Martin

  • Album: We're All Young Together
  • Song: Sing 2 Me

Although The Walkmen remain on indefinite hiatus, the band's members have been busy. This cut from bassist and keyboardist Walter Martin features sweet vocals from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O and an incredibly cute video to match.


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  • "Sing 2 Me"
  • Album: We're All Young Together
  • Artist: Walter Martin
  • Label: Family Jukebox
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  • Album: Phox
  • Song: Leisure

This song on appears on the Wisconsin-based PHOX's debut LP, out Jun. 24 on Partisan Records. You can listen to the full album on NPR's First Listen series until its release.


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  • "Leisure"
  • Album: Phox
  • Artist: Phox
  • Label: Partisan
  • Released: 2014
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Frankie Cosmos

  • Album: Zentropy
  • Song: Birthday Song

Frankie Cosmos is otherwise known as 19-year-old Greta Kline, daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. "Birthday Song" appears on the young New Yorker's first studio album, out now on Double Double Whammy Records.

More on this album from the artist's web site.




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